News and Announcements
Our community’s initiative to improve the health of
all residents will be guided by a coordinating
council as more and more people continue to act on
the strategies developed in 2013-2014. The Thurston
Thrives Coordinating Council (TTCC) will have its
first meeting, convened by the Thurston County
Chamber Foundation as fiscal agent, on April 23,
2015. The initial ten (10) members of the Council,
||Three (3) members from Business (Doug
DeForest, Thurston Transit Oriented
Development; David Schaffert, Thurston
County Chamber of Commerce; and Cheryl
||Two (2) members from Education (Tammie Jensen-Tabor, Tumwater
School District; Vicky Lamoreaux,
North Thurston Public Schools);
||Three (3) members
from Government (Dennis McVey, City of
Rainier; Jeannine Roe, City of Olympia; and
Sandra Romero, Thurston County
||Three (3) members from Philanthropy (Liz
Davis, NW Venture Philanthropy; Paul Knox,
United Way of Thurston County; Norma
Schuiteman, The Community Foundation of
South Puget Sound);
||One (1) member from the Thurston Asset
Building Coalition (Schelli Slaughter,
Family Support Center);
|will be joined by the nominees from the Action
Teams, and an education sector representatives and a
member from the new Law & Justice action
are anticipated to be confirmed at that first
||Bud Blake, Thurston County
Commissioner, from Housing;
||Christina Daniels, Puget Sound
Capital, from Economy;
||Kevin Haughton, MD, Physicians of
SW Washington, from Clinical Care;
||Karen Messmer, Olympia Safe
Streets, from Community Design;
||Art Starry, Thurston County Public Heath
and Social Services, from Environment;
||Meghan Sullivan, TOGETHER! from Child &
Youth Resilience, Community Resilience &
||Jon Tunheim, Thurston County
Prosecuting Attorney, Public Safety & Justice.
at-large community representatives are expected to
be selected by the TTCC thereafter.
As of the start of February 2015, the community is
now forming the Thurston Thrives
Coordinating Council, backbone structure for the
initiative in its new implementation phase. On
December 9, 2014, the Board of County
Commissioners approved the recommendation from the
November 5, 2014 Thurston Thrives retreat to establish this structure
to shepherd Thurston Thrives from this point
forward. The TT Coordinating Council is a
public/private partnership designed to support the
initiative’s various action hubs in continuous
communication, measurement of progress, and
promotion. The Thurston County Chamber Foundation
has agreed to serve as fiscal agent for the
Coordinating Council. For more details on this new
and the nomination process for members,
to open the FAQ document
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What is Thurston Thrives?
Thurston County Board of Health is
joining with community leaders from business, education,
city government, neighborhoods, local charities, social and
medical care groups to honor what we do for our families'
health, to celebrate our collective efforts, and find ways
to do even better together. They call it Thurston
Thurston Thrives is a project aimed at bringing together
community partners of Thurston County around the work we
share. One of the main focuses of the project is to
ensure that our county is thriving through the collaboration
on the public health and social services that we bring to
our community, to honor those who make Thurston County a
healthy and safe place to live, and to align efforts to make
an even bigger difference in the health of our community.
The purpose is to engage our leaders across the board to
move forward an action agenda we can all believe in to
improve health for all Thurston
|When it comes to health, our
community is recognizing the many ways we can
promote it in our daily lives. We can build
health into how we live, learn, work and play.
How can you participate?
Improving health is not a mystery,
really. It takes effort not just from doctors, and not
just from government. It takes action by all parts of
the community. Some of this we commonly associate with
health: Medical care, social services and the environment.
But it is also things we do not always think about as
health: Education, jobs and housing.
We will be reaching out across our community to achieve
these connections and to align efforts behind common goals.
We want to build on what is already going on. What is
new in Thurston Thrives is keeping better in touch with each
other's progress, and supporting each other's work.
Everyone has a part to play in the health of our community -
we hope you will join us to engage this strategic approach.
Because a healthy community is something we all believe in.
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